April 12, 2018
Many people are familiar with the 23rd Psalm because it is often spoken at memorial services. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He brings me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul… yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I have no fear… I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
But these words are so much more than a funeral declaration!
Alan Cohen says that out of all the poetry in the Bible, this one is the great “Ode to Peace.” I have found myself going back to this psalm quite a bit in recent times. I have explored the deep meanings of the words and come up with my own paraphrase. It’s been sitting in my possible topics queue for a while, waiting its turn to become a talk, and I have decided this is the Sunday for it.
The meaning found in Psalm 23 fits perfectly with our exploration of Unity’s 3rd principle. I invite you to join me in reflecting on these words this Sunday and maybe experiencing them in a new way. We will even provide paper, time, and the opportunity to pen your own version if you wish. Right now, my paraphrase begins with, “Spirit is my most tender caregiver. I have everything I need and much, much more!…” and it ends with, “I shall live in the Presence of GOOD forever.”
We will also be blessed with Bobby McFerrin’s version of the psalm, sung by our Men’s Choir (with Terry filling in for Cory).
Have a wonderful weekend!
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.